I felt his interview was so powerful that I decided to make it a separate chapter.
- Alan Ameche: The Story Of 'The Horse'.
- Alan Ameche: The Story of "The Horse".
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Why did Weeb Ewbank not like him? Would his career have been different with another coach? That is the question. To do this day, nobody has the answer to that unfortunately. Donovan said Ewbank resented Ameche because he was smarter than he was. Ameche had a great rookie season, winning the NFL rushing title including a yard touchdown run against the Bears the first time he touched the ball as a pro. But things changed when Unitas arrived the following season and Ewbank built the Colts offense around him.
Ameche was vocal about his bitterness in his last few years with the Colts. In later years he made no secret of the fact that he wished that he played for Don Shula, who replaced Ewbank with the Colts.
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Not surprisingly, the college coach Ameche most admired was Woody Hayes. Unfortunately, Ameche will never get the credit he deserves. There is one reason for that, the brevity of his professional career. Also, Ameche never turned down Wisconsin for anything.
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He donated the money for a new weight room at one point and even gave his Heisman Trophy to Wisconsin. Again, I think he was the greatest home-grown athlete Wisconsin has ever produced. Will he ever be recognized as such? I doubt it. Alan Lino Ameche was a great guy and very kind to everyone.
He also had a great sense of humor. But Lino was more than all that, he was a simple guy who worked hard and had fun like he did in baseball and other sports. His older brother and mine were best buddies, and I recall some funny things with Lino Alan , who was always happy to be involved in pranks! To me, he is the greatest running back of the day and maybe the best I have ever seen and I will always cherish my fond memories of him.
Nicknamed The Horse because of the way coaches said he worked in practice, Mr. Ameche, a native of Kenosha, Wis. Touchdown at the Start.
As Baltimore's first pick in the draft, Mr. In his first season, he led the league in rushing, was voted the rookie of the year and was an All-Pro selection.
He was All-Pro for three more years and played in five Pro Bowl games before a severe Achilles' tendon injury ended his career after the season. In six pro seasons, Mr. Ameche ran for 4, yards and scored 40 touchdowns. After his retirement, Mr. Ameche and Gino Marchetti, a former Colt teammate, founded a successful chain of East Coast restaurants called Gino's. Ameche later sold out his interest. Ameche, who lived in Devon, Pa.
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